Tomic to face Fognini in long-awaited final
Bernard Tomic will face Fabio Fognini in his first ATP Tour final for over two years following a straight-sets defeat of Joao Sousa at the Chengdu Open.
Not since losing to Dominic Thiem at the Acapulco Open in February 2016 has Tomic played in a decider, but the Australian could end his three-year title drought this weekend.
Qualifier Tomic, down at 123rd in the rankings, served 12 aces as he sent seventh seed Sousa packing on Saturday, winning 6-4 6-4.
Sousa was unable to break former top 20 player Tomic, who won 83 per cent of points on his first serve and secured a solitary break in each set to win the second semi-final.
Fognini reached his fourth final of the season, coming from behind to defeat Taylor Fritz 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 6-3.
The top seed has already won three tour singles titles in 2018 and will become the first Italian to claim four in a season if he gets the better of the big-serving Tomic.
Fognini, who won a first doubles title for two years in St. Petersburg alongside Matteo Berrettini last week, said: "It is my best year so far. I am really happy that the first time I visit Chengdu, I am in my first final."